Last week I published an article called Keep Your RSS Fresh With Keyword-Based Feeds. But it’s not the first time I’ve mentioned or written about RSS – I’ve been messing around with RSS feeds for over 20 years!
In fact, back around 2004 or 2005 I made a tool called Kebberfegg, which was an easy way to create keyword-based RSS feeds. It was written in Perl, however, which meant I had to goof around on the server every time I wanted to change it, and eventually I wasn’t able to keep up with it and it got lost in a server move.
Using Kebberfegg is very simple. Enter the query you want to turn into an RSS feed. Then tick each box/resource for which you want an RSS feed. The feeds will appear underneath.
Currently Kebberfegg creates keyword-based RSS feeds for the following sources:
- Bing News
- Google News
- Hacker News
- Internet Archive
- U.S. Federal Register
- Blawg Search
If you know of any other keyword-based RSS feeds I should put here (I’d love to add PubMed but I don’t think I can) please leave a comment or drop me an email.
Yes, RSS is old technology. But if you’re trying to keep up with a topic of interest, it’s critical! I literally could not do ResearchBuzz without RSS feeds. What would I do otherwise, rely on social media algorithms?